Wheezing

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Phillip Aguila

Phillip Aguila, MD, MBA

Respiratory medicine, Critical Care

Eisaku Kamakura

Eisaku Kamakura, MD

Respiratory medicine

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  • Whistling sound when in breathe

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  • Loud noise when I breathe

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

Wheezing is a high-pitched, coarse whistling sound during breathing when the airway is partially blocked.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Wheezing

Possible causes

  • Cough variant asthma

    A type of asthma where the main symptom is a persistent dry cough. This is due to the airways being highly sensitive and overreacting to foreign substances. The underlying cause is unclear but involves genetics. There are many triggers for asthma flares, including smoke, pollen, dust mite droppings, cold weather, exercise and viral infections.

  • Allergic rhinitis / allergic conjunctivitis (including spring catarrh)

    A condition caused by allergens (substances that cause allergies) such as pollen and dust mites. These result in runny nose, stuffy nose, sneezing, and itching of the eyes.

  • Malabsorption syndrome / protein losing gastroenteropathy

    A condition where the intestines cannot absorb or reabsorb protein well, resulting in low blood protein levels. This causes symptoms like water retention in the legs, lungs and abdomen.

  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)

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Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Is your breathing noisy; e.g. wheezing, rattling?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have a cough?

  • Do you have a sore throat?

  • Do you have a runny nose?

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Medically Reviewed By:

Phillip Aguila

Phillip Aguila, MD, MBA

Respiratory medicine, Critical Care

Eisaku Kamakura

Eisaku Kamakura, MD

Respiratory medicine

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